French writer files complaint against ex IMF chief DSK for attempted rape

08:11, July 06, 2011      

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The lawyer of French writer Tristane Banon Tuesday filed a complaint against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, ex-chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on charges of attempted rape.

When inquired whether his client posted a complaint by mail to prosecutors, the lawyer, David Koubbi, confirmed the reports and said Banon wouldn't make the case "a political" one.

It is reported earlier in the day that Banon, 31, has filed a formal complaint asking prosecutors to open an investigation into her allegation that Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her when they were alone for an interview in 2003.

The French author's allegation was exposed shortly after Strauss-Kahn was charged of sexual assault on a hotel maid in New York, the United States in May.

The 62-year-old former IMF chief, who was forced to resign on the U.S. charges, insisted his innocence in both cases and claimed Banon's accusation was "imaginary."

Strauss-Kahn's allies in the opposition Socialist Party blamed Banon and her family of making a plot to hinder Strauss-Kahn from joining 2012 French presidential election, while Banon's mother, a veteran Solialist who has reportedly silenced her daughter on the issue years ago, said she knew Strauss-Kahn well and won't hide the truth any longer.

In an interview published in French magazine L'Express on Tuesday, Koubbi said his client broke the silence now because she was tired of being called a "liar" and was a "victim" in the affair.

Strauss-Kahn was released by the U.S. court last weekend from home arrest without bail after his lawyers proved there was problems with the hotel maid's credibility.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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